December 29, 2005

Burning Questions: Staying ahead of the game

It's time for another edition of Rivals.com's Burning Questions, where we try to answer the questions you'll have tomorrow today.

Sounds complicated, doesn't it? Hey, we're just trying to stay ahead of the game and get into your heads. Here are a few things we think you want to know, and pronto:

How much of an impact will the Alamo Bowl upset have for Bill Callahan?
Sean Callahan of HuskersIllustrated.com writes: This win solidifies that what Callahan is doing in Lincoln is working. There were a lot of doubters when they were 5-4, but to go out and win your last two games as double-digit underdogs says a lot. It was nearly a month ago when people were asking Callahan if he should be fired, now he could run for public office in Nebraska. Michigan had the better talent, but Callahan proved he can develop a game plan and the players believed in him. This will speak volumes in recruiting, as well.

What does LSU do in the Peach Bowl without starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who won't play because of a shoulder injury?
Mike Scarborough of TigerBait.com writes: I believe with Matt Flynn they have to let it all hang out and not get too conservative. They simply cannot hope the defense can win the game. Flynn is a good runner, much like Matt Mauck was. They need to do many quarterback draws, and they need to roll him out a lot. Obviously, Flynn's arm is not in the same realm as JaMarcus Russell's. If you see LSU come out too afraid to throw on first down, they could be in big trouble. If they do not run Flynn, they are in big trouble. Remember, there is no one behind Flynn. Ryan Perrilloux is not going to have his redshirt removed due to an injury in a bowl game, so if something happens to Flynn, wide receiver Skyler Green will get the call.

Can someone put this Florida recruiting haul in perspective?
Mark Wheeler of GatorBait.net writes: While Florida has been rated in the top five several times most recently the Chris Leak-led class of 2003, the last time Florida had the consensus No. 1 class in the nation was 2000. That class, which featured Brock Berlin, certainly matched this year's edition as far as star power. However, in the final analysis, that class looked better on paper. Several highly regarded players never panned out for whatever reason. The value in that group came via contributions from players who were not as highly rated such as Guss Scott, Ben Troupe and Travis Harris. The same could probably be said of the class of 2006. It is shaping up to be the best class at Florida and perhaps one of the best ever anywhere. While there certainly are some big names headlining the class such as Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and Carl Johnson, the real test as to whether this class becomes a difference-maker at Florida is in the tier rated just below them. Like any class, Florida's future success is dependent on the development and contribution of players such as Jermaine Cunningham, Jacques Rickerson and Chevon Walker.

Which Virginia Tech team shows up for the Gator Bowl, the one that trounced Virginia or the one that looked lost in the ACC title game against FSU?
Mark Kime of HokieHaven.com writes: The Gator Bowl certainly has to look like a bronze medal compared to the lofty expectations of a BCS bowl by the fan base. The time off between the ACC Championship and Monday's matchup has helped the Tech players decompress a bit and put the regular season behind them, a regular season that still produced 10 wins. This defense and offensive line is senior laden, and you can expect these players performing for the final time in Orange and Maroon will come out hungry to end the season on a positive note.

How will Dan Hawkins' recruiting style fit with the Colorado program?
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jeremy Crabtree writes: He has good ties to some of the schools Colorado traditionally recruits -- some California schools and some throughout the Rocky Mountain area. Colorado hadn't done that well in some of those spots in recent years, and Hawkins and his staff have built inroads in those areas. Those are the places where Colorado has to do well, and I think he will.




 

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